The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

Furer-Haimendorf manuscript spiral bound notebook three

caption: gods, Lichaba and others
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Merangkong
date: 7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 7.1936-12.1936
note: [konyak] means text omitted
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (6) Lichaba - the earth was created by Lichaba, so one day was observed as an "anmuy" day - they killed one pig and one fowl and took to on the top of a mountain (Punen-tukung). Lichaba came and took it. They believe that Lichaba lives under the earth. Lunkisungba lives in the sky. At any act of worship, first Lunkisungba and Lichaba are invoked. Lunkisungba created man. From the very beginning the people used to say that Lunkisungba created man, but nobody knows how he did it. They used to worship in the name of Lunkisungba and Lichaba and they usually got what they prayed for. All property and (7) their lives belonged to him. In the sky there are two brothers, Maintangsang and Aintangsang. There was a big hole in the sky through which the wind came. Both tried to shut it and each took a big shield. When they hurried to the hole the shields clash and that is the thunder. But the two brothers cannot prevent the wind. Lungkizungba is like a man, but in his actions he is like a wind. Lungkizungba sees everything and helps everyone, but men can't become rich as they like. Lungkizungba was as a wind, he was first, then Lichaba (8) created the earth, so when they worship they first call Lungkizungba.
text: Moyotsung is a judge for the dead men. After death all people go to him, he judges them. The thieves and robbers he will send to a bad place of punishment. The good he will take to his place. They go by different paths. He existed always. The people are afraid of him, therefore they all try to be good. Moyotsung was never worshipped. Sun and moon were created by Lungkizungba.